Carey Purcell is a New-York based writer, reporter and theater critic. She covers the New York theater scene, reviewing plays and interviewing members of the community. Her writing offers a fresh and feminist perspective from a young, progressive woman. Read more.

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Review: Bachelorette

“I’m glad I didn’t have a drink before seeing this play,” was my first thought as I left a performance of Bachelorette, Leslye Headland’s dark comedy that was revived at Walkerspace. This searing portrayal of toxic female friendships, which first … Continue reading


Review: The Wolves

  It’s not all fun and games in The Wolves, the new play by Sarah DeLapppe receiving its world-premiere production from the Playwrights Realm. Despite taking place on a soccer field, and the entire cast of characters belonging to the … Continue reading


Review: The Birds

A sign at the entrance of The Birds warns audience members that the production contains the use of fog and nudity. However, neither of the two aspects of the play that require warning are shocking or frightening, despite the clear … Continue reading


Review: Spinoza’s Ethics

“I worry you think too much,” one character says to anther in Spinoza’s Ethics, the ambitious new play being presented in the Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. Written by Emily Claire Schmitt, this play fuses philosophy … Continue reading


Review: Quietly

              It looked like it was going to be another quiet night at work for Robert at the small Belfast pub, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. The soft-spoken Polish bartender (played convincingly … Continue reading


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Published: Changing the Script for Women Directors: Diane Paulus and Liesl Tommy

Originally published on HowlRound.com Read this story online “This wasn’t something we had planned for,” said Diane Paulus. The director of the Tony-nominated musical Waitress, Paulus and the production became a part of theatre history when they announced that the … Continue reading


Published: Ani DiFranco, Lizz Winstead, and Chastity Brown Want You to “Vote Dammit!”

Originally published on Glamour.com Read this story online “Wow, I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning!” Ani DiFranco laughs. The singer-songwriter and activist has been talking nonstop for more than five minutes about the upcoming presidential election when she … Continue reading